Closer than ever before! Our Junior Expansion Manager Annika Osche goes on tours discovering New York City and reports of her experiences in the Big Apple and the US property market the next few weeks. Here she shares her experiences with us and reports about the highlights from her time abroad. Today she is searching for the most expensive properties in Manhattan for us!
“In order to get a better feel for the property market in Manhattan, today I will be taking a sightseeing tour of a slightly different kind: I’m going through the streets of Manhattan, searching for the 10 buildings that, according to Zillow.com and Business Insider* are home to the most expensive apartments for sale in Manhattan.
Join me on my tour that begins on the Upper East Side, goes through Central Park to the Columbus Circle and which finally brings me to Fifth Avenue.
First time on the market (151 E 58th Street)
The first stop after leaving our office on 430 Park Avenue is in front of a modern building on East 58st Street. It is home to the 836m² (9,000 ft²) apartment that is for sale for the very first time. At 98 million dollars, the apartment is number 3 on the Top 10 list. Spread across two floors are a bathroom with white marble walls and black granite floors, two dressing rooms, a lavish living room with ceilings that are 7.30m (24ft) high, a kitchen with steel furnishings, four bedrooms and a reception room.
A penthouse that is exactly to Stefano Gabbana’s taste (25 E 77th Street)
The penthouse on the highest floor of the five star Mark Hotel can be purchased for 60 million dol-lars. According to Business Insider, Stefano Gabbana (Dolce & Gabbana) is the current prospective buyer of the 910m² (9800ft²) living space and its additional 223m² (2400 ft²) terrace. Furthermore, it includes six bedrooms and bathrooms, several balconies and a conservatory. Situated in a building that was built in 1927, the penthouse also includes a garage, a lift, a fitness studio, a concierge and all the amenities of a five star hotel. It is possible to order food from Jean-Georges’ hotel restaurant or to make use of Frèdèrick Fekkai’s hair salon. The interior of the penthouse was designed by French designer Jacques Grange. Another highlight is the living room, which is situated in a copper roof structure and boasts a ceiling height of almost 8 metres (26 ft). The kitchen has everything in double: two ovens, two hobs, two fridges and two dishwashers. My dream: There is an infinity bath in one of the bathrooms!
Moreover, the Mark Hotel is known for celebrities such as Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake meeting here to attend legendary parties.
The most expensive house in Manhattan (12 E 69th Street)
The most expensive property Manhattan has to offer can be found on a side street off Central Park on the Upper East Side. The current owner wants to sell his house – which was built in 1884 – for 114 million US dollars. The finest materials imported from Europe and highly modern systems cater for an incomparable property with 19 rooms. Alongside 7 bedrooms and nine bathrooms, the remaining rooms spread across 6 floors in total have also been exquisitely renovated. Spread across the 1850m² (20,000ft²) of living space, there are several fireplaces, a lift, a cinema with red velvet seats and a balcony, a salt water pool, a sauna, a fitness room, a recording studio, a panic room, a dining room in the style of Versailles, a library and a stone pizza oven. The 185m² (2,000ft²) roof terrace and high-tech control systems in the whole building, from the heating to the sound systems and security systems, allow for an extravagant lifestyle in the Big Apple.
Apart from that, the heated walkway along the house, the heated steps in the outdoor area as well as underfloor heating in the whole building make sure that the winter in New York is very enjoyable.
The most powerful address in the world (15 Central Park West)
The ninth most expensive property in Manhattan is being sold for 65 million US dollars. The building gives a panorama view over Central Park, Columbus Circle, the Empire State Building and the Hudson River. Furthermore, the apartment offers a pool, an own cinema, a fitness studio with private massage and yoga room and a personal chef.
According to Business Insider, 15 Central Park West is “the most powerful address in the world”, as the highly luxurious residential building is or was the home of a long list of bankers and famous personalities amongst others.
For example, these include Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, singer Sting, author Michael Gross, hedge-fund manager Daniel Loeb, the daughter of the Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, hedge-fund founder Daniel Och, the Israeli scientist Shlomo Ben-Haim, Barclays Capital CEO Bob Diamond, actors Denzel Washington, Kelsey Grammer and Mark Wahlberg, NASCAR racer Jeff Gordon as well as Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang.
A further six properties are still to come on our journey through Manhattan. I will present these to you next week! I can reveal this much already: Tommy Hilfiger’s penthouse can be found amongst the properties for sale…
All the best,